Langtang is a very beautiful and peaceful region on the north of Kathmandu valley. Just 51 kilometers from the capital, this region is very famous for Langtang National park. Containing one of the very sacred lake for Hindu people, this National park is also famous for varied vegetation and wildlife. We also get to see the majestic Langtang range including mountains such as Langtang Lirung (7227 m), Langsisa Ri (6427 m), Langtang Ri (7,205 m), Yala Peak (5520 m) and many more.
Accommodations in along the Langtang trekking routes are rather new and better. After the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015, old houses were destroyed and new ones started to get built. Passing through villages, Syabrubesi, New Bridge, Bamboo, Rimche, Lama Hotel, Ghoda Tabela, and others, along our way, we spend our night in tea houses. These tea houses are comfortable enough to provide us with a good night’s rest.
All along our way, we are accompanied by the beautiful view of the Langtang range. Also, the wildlife and vegetation there, is sure to win our hearts. Langtang region hosts a variety of climatic region from subtropical to alpine region. It contains forests of oaks, maples, pine and Rhododendron. These beautiful things around us will make us lost in the mesmerizing experience, this place has to offer.
We reach the maximum altitude of 5000 meters at Tserko Hill station which is located above Kyanjin Gompa. Tserko Hill station is one of the best, vantage points during the whole trip. Panoramic view of the Langtang range can be best enjoyed during the sunrise from Tserko Ri.
At the end of our trek, we will be left startled with all these beautiful memories and amazing experience. You will walk on the lap of nature, being startled at its beauty. Langtang trekking has many major highlights to offer. Some of those highlights have been described below. Read through, to know more about Langtang region trekking.
Major Attractions of Langtang region
Langtang National Park
Langtang National park is one of the key highlights of our Langtang region trek. This national park is the shelter for several flora and faunas. It is mainly famous for its rich and pristine forest. Many wild animals and vegetations can be found here. Red pandas, snow leopard, Himalayan Black bear, Himalayan Tahr, yaks and so on can be found here, and they add to the pre-existing beauty of the place. Also, more than 200 species of birds have been recorded in the national park. This includes Himalayan Munal, Satyr Tragopan, Ibisbil, red-headed vulture, and so on. As a whole, Langtang National park provides us with a great opportunity to wander into the nature in its rawest form along with its wildlife and lush vegetation.
Note: You require permit to enter the National park and also to obtain a TIMS card to trek in the Langtang region. These Permits and TIMS cards can be obtained from Nepal Tourism Board Office on Pradarshani Marg, Kathmandu.
Kanjin Ri (4328 m)
Kyanjin Ri is one of the best view points during our whole Langtang region trek. It provides us with a great opportunity to enjoy the 360 degrees view of the Langtang range. Sunrise from Kyanji Ri is something we will be sure not to miss during our trek. Though it is a difficult climb to the top of the hill, the rewards are equally, if not more, amazing. Breath taking views of tall and majestic Langtang Lirung, Changbu, Yubra, Naya Kanga and Yala peak can be enjoyed from atop. The trek to Kyanjin Ri starts from the beautiful village of Kyanjin Gompa, which is another key highlight of our Langtang trek.
Gosaikunda lake is a very sacred lake and holds a very high religious value to the Hindus. Located at an elevation of 4380 meters, this lake lies in Langtang National Park in Langtang region. There are total of 108 lakes in the vicinity. Frozen for 6 months from October to June, Gosaikunda lake complex comprises 4.0 square miles. Trekking in Gosaikunda lake offers a beautiful view on the lap of mountains and melts to form the Trishuli river. Every trekker is sure to be amazed upon their first glance of Gosaikunda lake.
Top 5 Reasons to trek Langtang Region
- Amazing Mountainous Views
Walking in the lap of nature has its perks, and enjoying the amazing mountains of the Langtang region is one of them. Throughout this trek, we are accompanied by beautiful and tall mountains. Langtang Lirung is the tallest in the range, dominating the skyline. From Kyangjin Gompa, we can see the glaciers up close along with the snow-capped mountains. Experienced trekkers can also attempt to climb two famous peaks of Yala (5500 m) and Naya Kanga (5846 m). The later one requires permit to climb.
- Choice of Camping or staying in Tea Houses
Another major good point or advantage of trekking in the Langtang region is that we have 2 options regarding our accommodation. We can either choose to stay in tea houses or we can also enjoy trekking in its raw form i.e. camping. Kyangjin Gompa is the last inhabited village in the region at an elevation of 3800 meters. Further up there are no more tea houses and you need to do camping. But there are plenty of tea houses till there to provide us comfortable resting place. Some places provide a better accommodation than the others. Nevertheless, the accommodations are sound and comfortable, allowing us to completely enjoy our trek.
- Fewer Crowds of People
One of the major reasons for us being able to enjoy the Langtang region is due to the peace and calm it brings to us. In a crowdy place it is not possible to enjoy those things. Lucky for us, Langtang region is a less trekked route. After the earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015, tourism dropped quickly in this region. But due to the effort of the Government and natives, this place is soon recovering. Trekkers have started coming back to this route but their numbers are still low enough to let us enjoy our trek in peace.
Being a less travelled trekking route, Langtang region has a very welcoming and friendly natives. These people teach the real way guests are supposed to be treated. Their culture resembles the Buddhist Tibetan culture. Typical Sherpa and Tamang traditions surely will amaze us. We can also get a very insightful look into their culture and traditions. What is a journey without its own folk tales? Be sure to know the region’s interesting stories.
- Wildlife and Vegetation
Hosting a National park, Langtang region provides a very peculiar type of wildlife and vegetation. Its wildlife includes animals like red pandas, snow leopard, Himalayan Black bear, Himalayan Tahr, yaks and so on. There are also many different species of birds, which can be encountered during our trek. These animals are hosted by Langtang National park and several many forests. These includes forests of oaks, pines, maple, rhododendron and so on. Along with the view of majestic mountains in front of us, trekking through these forests is icing on the cake.
Seasons For Trekking
December – February
Best time for trekking the Langtang region is during the month of February. Three months of December, January and February consists of cold weather and clear skies. Fewer trekkers are trekking during this time of the year. The views are also very clear and open to let us enjoy the scene to its fullest.
March – May
Months of March, April and May have moderate climate with beautiful blooming rhododendron. There are more than 30 species of rhododendron in Langtang’s trail. And in bloom, these all look amazingly beautiful.
June – August
The months of June, July and August falls during the monsoon season. The trail becomes slippery and difficult, so the trekkers are not advised to trek during this season.
September – November
During the months of September, October and November, the view is very clear and beautiful. Clearer skies along with beautiful waterfalls and flowers, make for an amazing landscape. This is the second-best season to enjoy the Langtang region trekking.